Since entering the country after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon in 2001, thousands of U.S. servicemembers have died in Afghanistan.
ICasualties.org lists that number as 2,287 through Saturday.
One of them was Army Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne, a 31-year-old from Reno, Nevada, who was killed Sept. 18, 2011 by a roadside bomb.
Last week, his widow visited his grave site at Arlington National Cemetery a day before their third wedding anniversary. A photographer from the Associated Press captured a series of images demonstrating the grief she is still coping with.
Reports by London’s Daily Mail and Effingham Daily News detail some of Thania Sayne’s story.